A long pointless trip North
02 March 2013
Following the first defeat since taking charge as caretaker manager on Tuesday night, Dale Belford and Scott Lindsey brought their squad to bottom four club Barrow AFC and a grey but welcoming Holker Street ground.
With an FA Cup defeat suffered on the ground earlier in the season and a defeat at The Lamb in the league, the squad were looking to get at least one positive result against their Cumbrian counterparts as they continued to aim for the 50 point mark.
Richard Tait sat out completely, while Tommy Wright took a place on the bench as Kyle Perry came into the starting eleven, after serving his ban for the sending off against Telford, for the first time since his return to the club and Jonathon Thorpe slotted back in at right back having been unable to play against his parent club in midweek.
The Lambs got the game underway kicking towards the clubhouse end of the ground, and a freekick was conceded by the home side on the right wing which Kelly stepped up to fire into the box left footed but Courtney's header back header went high and wide of the mark.
Rowe shot from the left channel inside the second minute and Breeden watched it go out but it only just went past the right hand post and Breeden and the small band of travelling fans breathed a sigh of relief.
On 5 Marhsall nipped the ball off the toes of Rutherford as a pass looked ot be getting through into Breeden's box and Thorpe was on hand to head away a cross from McConville minutes later while Gudger had to get his clearance right to deny the run of Rutherford on 8 as Barrow pressed.
A move at the other end involving Hessenthaler and Perry on 10 ended with Lloyd striking for goal but his shot screwed wide of the left hand post and failed to trouble Hurst.
Following a skewed clearance by Breeden on 14, play was stopped when Marshall handled and set up Danny L Rowe with the deadball and he struck the freekick around the wall and inside the far post past the reach of Breeden to give the home side the lead. (0-1, 15 mins)
McConville made lots of space for himself down the right on 20 and pulled it back for L Rowe to strike at goal and he hit a low effort on target but Breeden was not going to be beaten by the tame shot.
There was little to report in the way of goalmouth action or any other sort of action for that matter as the half hour mark ticked by as both sides struggled to take control, although Barrow possibly enjoyed more of the ball and kept it in The Lambs half more than the other way around.
A long throw from Hunter on 33 caused some problems for Breeden who missed his punch and almost found himself out of position when the second shot came in but was able to recover and take L Rowe's effort at his near post.
Kelly struck for goal in the first real determined attempt at Hurst's goal on 34 but lifted the effort onto the roof of the clubhouse from 30 yards out.
A foul on Perry by Hunter midway into the Barrow half on 35 allowed Hessenthaler to fire the freekick into the box but Barrow countered quickly via Harvey and they were quickly in The Lambs box looking for a shot on target only to find Courtney in the way and the danger way cleared.
A half chance fell for Marshall on 41 when a long throw was flicked on and the defender headed down and sideways at the target forcing Hurst into and easy save.
One minute added time was shown at the end of the half, which ended with a header from Marshall which floated over the target.
The Lambs emerged from the changing rooms a long time before The Bluebirds emerged to get the game underway and Tamworth attacked the now sparsely populated away terracing.
A foul in the centre circle allowed Breeden to take the freekick on 47 but Marshall was caught of side although play continued, at the direction of the referee, with a Hurst punt forwards.
With Hessenthaler enjoying a more forward role in the second half, Tamworth seemed to be more in control of proceedings and the ball spent more of the first few minutes of the second period inside the Barrow half.
Lloyd took the ball full in his face on 50 and needed a visit from the magic sponge before continuing as Perry restarted play with a sporting drop ball back to Hurst.
Perry picked up a booking on 58 as The Lambs rode the pressure of a couple of Barrow foray's own the right wing and then had to deal with pressure down the left which resulted in an easy to gather shot from L Rowe.
Gudger then had his name taken for a challenge on Baker which the home faithful took an instant disliking to.
Rutherford spun and shot from the left of the box on 61 but saw his effort go over the target with Breeden forced to make certain by jumping high and watching it go out of play.
Thorpe and Oji combined to deny L Rowe's strike while at the other end Cunnington pulled the ball back for Lloyd to strike at Hurst's goal and force the keeper into a good stop.
Byfield replaced Lloyd on 64 and Tamworth continued to push forwards more than in the first half but still Barrow proved they could be a danger without causing any real threat to Breeden's goal, allowing Tamworth no time to consider what to do next when The lambs have the ball.
A Thorpe run and cross was headed behind for a by Sodje on 75 and the hoofed clearance forced Breeden to leave his are and boot it back up field.
The Lambs keeper was then forced to make a good save when Barrow countered and l Rowe fed Rutherford through the right channel who struck right footed but found the Breeden well positioned.
Byfield poked the ball goalward on 79 but Hurst was equal to the effort and the keeper was brave to deny Perry latching onto a cross in the next move forwards by The Lambs.
Marshall was forced to concede a corner on 82 with L Rowe on his back and Sodje saw his header from the flagkick cleared by Oji.
Barrow were awarded another corner on 86 but it came to nothing.
A Lambs corner on 87 was heftily cleared by the home defence as Tamworth kept themselves in the Barrow half and Perry's claim for a push in the area were waved away.
Barrow scored a second just before added time when L Rowe set up Harvey to side foot home from the edge of the area and the referee blew the whistle on full time and a second defeat for The Lambs.
Tony BREEDEN (GK), Marcus KELLY, Tom MARSHALL, Adam CUNNINGTON, Duane COURTNEY, Jake HESSENTHALER, Connor GUDGER, Daniel LLOYD (Darren BYFIELD 64), Jonathon THORPE, Sam OJI, KYLE PERRY
Subs: James WREN (GK), Michael WYLDE, Tommy WRIGHT, Stuart HENDRIE
Danny HURST, Garry HUNTER, Gavin SKELTON, Mike PEARSON, Efe SODJE, Paul RUTHERFORD, Richie BAKER, Alex-Ray HARVEY (Lee McEVILLY 89), Danny L ROWE, Sean McCONVILLE, Danny M ROWE (Sean HESSEY 79)
Subs: Max JOHNSON, Matt FLYNN, Tom ECKERSLEY
Referee: Mr. S. Stockbridge